Will Grimm, Architect
Will Grimm is an award-winning architect, urbanist, and artist with profound interest in cities, communities, and urban design. As principal of First Forty Feet, he has over 20 years of experience leading the exploration and innovative practice in architecture, strategic planning, community engagement, place strategy, and design education.
He brings a focused interest in transformative planning and urban revitalization, adopting a multi-scale approach to design that relies heavily on the process of discovery and understanding influences at multiple scales.
He began his career as an urban designer with O’Mahony Pike Architects in Dublin, Ireland and deeply influenced during his formative years with William McDonough + Partners, where he was the Senior Architect and Land Planner on many Cradle-to-Cradle inspired projects.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Excellence in Planning award from the Irish Planning Institute, an AIA Honor Award for his urban design contributions in NW Santa Rosa and Redwood Chapter, an ASLA Honor Award for Park 20|20 Masterplan in Beukenhorst Zuid, The Netherlands, the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize for best design problem at the GSAPP, the recipient of two Copenhagen Traveling Fellowships, and a National AIA and Academy for Architecture and Health (AAH) Honor Award for excellence in healthcare design.
Will combines his professional practice with work in academia and research, having taught and lectured at renowned design schools such as Columbia University, University of Virginia, Cooper Union, Middlebury College, and Dartmouth College. He contributed to several publications including ‘Net-Zero Now’, The Design and Construction of Carbon-Neutral Homes and Buildings for a Low-Energy Future; and ‘Almere Principles’, For An Ecologically, Socially and Economically Sustainable Future of Almere 2030; and co-authored ‘Re-Cultivating The Garden City of Kumasi’, Millennium Cities Initiative, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute.
Will’s commitment to the industry extends beyond the workplace. He is an active member of Architecture Foundation of Oregon, participating in the Architect’s in Schools program since 2013. He is a Trustee and Board member of ‘The Awesome Foundation’ of Portland, and an academic mentor with AgAdmin, an organization dedicated to providing skills training and career counseling to BIPOC students.
Master of Urban Design, Columbia University in the City of New York
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)
Bachelor of Architecture, Professional Degree, University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts,
Center for Urban Architecture, Portland, Oregon
Licensed Architect, No. ARI 11442 State of Oregon
Licensed Architect, No. 21018535 State of Washington
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional
Awesome Foundation of Portland, Trustee and Board Member
Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Architects In Schools
The Heights District Master Plan, Vancouver, WA
James Center Aviva Crossing Maserplan, Tacoma, WA
Tapestry Square, Vancouver, WA
One-Twenty Up Community Plan, Vancouver, WA
Park 20|20 Cradle-to-Cradle Community, Hoofddorp
Lewiston Trail District, Riverfront Revitalization Plan, Lewiston, ID
Central City Concern’s Blackburn Building - National AIA Award
Schoolhouse District Plan, Woodinville, WA
Aviva Crossing Redevelopment Strategy, Tacoma, WA
Fisher’s Landing Transit-Oriented Development, Vancouver, WA
Lents Town Center Redevelopment, Portland, Oregon